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Kenpo Gokui

The lines of the ken-po goku-i are set from an atomistic aspect simply because it is the manner in which the brain learns. Its nature is completely holistic and like the I Ching must be in a form that promotes learning and understanding so a person can see, hear and grasp the nature of a holistic system. The gokui is a method to teach us how to be holistic. Its terseness is the best that can be done to convey its holistic meaning.

A person's heart is the same as Heaven and Earth while the blood circulating is similar to the Sun and Moon yet the manner of drinking and spitting is either soft or hard while a person's unbalance is the same as a weight and the body should be able to change direction at any time as the time to strike is when the opportunity presents itself and both the eyes must see all sides as the ears must listen in all directions while the mind must grasp all the tactual data not seen on all sides and not heard in any direction.

A person’s heart is the same as Heaven and Earth while circulatory system is similar to the cycles of the moon and sun yet the breathing methods are either hard or soft while one’s posture should allow one to advance, retreat, engage, and disengage as the body should be able to act in accordance with time and change so that one must enter a state of emptiness (mushin/zanshin) allowing the eyes must see all sides and the ears should listen in all directions while the mind must grasp all the tactual data not seen on all sides and not heard in any direction. - My rendition per translation from Andy Sloane Sensei.

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Chinkuchi [チンクチ] or Kokoro to karada zan [心と体残]

The characters/ideograms mean "body and mind balance." The first character means, "mind; heart; spirit," the second character means, "body; substance; object; reality," the third character means, "balance; remainder; leftover."

Chinkuchi or as I translate the approximate English definition "kokoro to karada zan or body and mind balance" when applied to martial technique has a variety of sources trying valiantly and diligently to define the term, which is Okinawan dialect, uchiganuchi, for the western mind. Much like trying to define and explain the ken-po goku-i along with other documents like the I Ching, the Tao Te Ching and other ancient classic texts - difficult at best and most esoterically fluid as dependent on individual interpretations. 

Some of the Okinawan sensei have tried to convey the meaning to the western mind:

Higaonna Morio, 10th dan Goju-ryu Karate has this to say about chinkuchi:

“This expression [chinkuchi] is used to describe the tension or stability of the joints in the body for a firm stance, a powerful punch, or a strong block. For example, when punching or blocking, the joints of the body are momentarily locked for an instant and concentration is focused on the point of contact; the stance is made firm by locking the joints of the lower body – the ankles, the knees and the hips – and by gripping the floor with the feet.
Thus a rapid free-flowing movement is suddenly checked for an instant, on striking or blocking, as power is transferred or absorbed. Then the tension is released immediately in order to prepare for the next movement.”

Arakaki Kiyoshi, Karate writer, said this:

“A simple explanation is, when punching for instance, to contract the muscles used when punching (especially the triceps and the trapezius), increasing the speed of the punch or block from within your own body.”

Karate historian (and practitioner) Tokashiki Iken had to say about chinkuchi:

“When punching, the most important thing is that the “koshi” [hips] are in it, and that chinkuchi is being utilized. Chinkuchi, in a word, means to contract the trapezius, the triceps, the pectorals major, etc. when thrusting the fist out. At that time, the armpit must also be closed when punching or blocking.
This means that a punch with chinkuchi has an instantaneous increase in power. This is called “one cun power” [one inch punch] and causes a great destructive power upon the opponent’s body.”

"Chinkuchi is both a system of ‘conscious’ internal energy management and an experience of moving in sync with a confluence of subtle energies." Hayashi Tomio

"Chinkuchi is synonymous with internal energy cultivation. There are degrees of Chinkuchi control. There are different methods of exerting or expressing this ability. " Hayashi Tomio

Then there are individual interpretations from the western spectrum of the Okinawan karate circles that are just as muddy in their explanations and interpretations with a lot of missing parts, if will allow.

This post is an attempt to convey the complexities and personal interpretations that go with the term "Chinkuchi" or what I have derived in study as "kokoro to karada zan.

Chinkuchi or kokoro to karada zan are concepts that manifest themselves when applying martial systems fundamental principles to technique. I believe this is also very simplistic and leaves out the other more esoterical aspects to the term much like many mistake basics over fundamentals in same. I attribute this view as I connected it to both the fundamental principles of martial systems and the ken-po goku-i as derived from my studies of both the spiritual and physical of karate goshin do. 

Such postings as this must be accepted as a kind of truth that is a part of a whole, an atomistic explanation that must be merged into a holistic whole that would be another atomistic and holistic aspect to karate or martial arts practice, training and applications.

Chin-ku-chi along with shu-ha-ri and others esoteric teachings such as shin-gi-tai pull together various fundamentals of martial systems into a final whole that epitomizes what Asians allude to in mastery of the martial arts. 

We and other martial artists must accept them individually and then allow them to blend, flow and merge into a whole that will influence all aspects of the martial arts. This is why it is explained as a separate entity with the understanding it must be morphed into other entities to make a whole or "one" experience we call karate-goshin-do or simply the "way." 

In its simplest form, a misleading one at that, it speaks to the merging of the mind and heart with the body along with the spirit of practice, training, and application of martial systems. The levels are many much like the levels of human existence along with the simplistic levels or grades of the dan-i system.

We speak of the power derived from proper chinkuchi which is explained simply as body mechanics, limited at that, and can be attributed to more that make up the fundamental principles of martial systems like body alignment, muscle and breath control, body positioning, generation of energy and power, etc. If only it were as simple as that and many tend to leave it at that if it meets their immediate needs.

Chinkuchi along with other models are what carry you throughout your life from the sprint, summer, fall and winter years of life as humans. It is more than strength, more than power and more than simply applying properly executed technique. It is worth exploring from as many sources as possible with an open mind allowing for the differences and leaving right and wrong out in the trash. 

No right, no wrong, just differences to learn from and to apply to life, practice and training achieving proper applications in accordance with all the principles that make mastery of the martial arts achievable. 

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